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The Spectrum of Sex Development: Eric Vilain and the Intersex Controversy

May 10, 2016

(Nature) – But what has brought Vilain the most grief of late has been his stance on sex-assignment surgery for infants with DSDs, [disorders of sex development]. Although he generally opposes it, he won’t categorically condemn it or the doctors who perform it. As a result, many intersex advocates who object to the practice now see him as a hindrance to their cause. In November, nine bioethicists and activists resigned as advisers to his longitudinal study in protest. “I just lost my patience,” says Alice Dreger, a bioethicist who used to work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and who was among the first to leave the study.

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